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CNS Depressants

What are CNS Depressants?

  • Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants sometimes referred to as sedatives and tranquilizers, are substances that can slow brain activity. This property makes then useful for treating anxiety and sleep disorders. Among the medications commonly prescribed for these purposes are listed below.

 

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Benzodiazepines

  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Triazolam (Halcion)
  • Estazaolam (Prosom)

Diazepam (Valium) and alprazolam (Xanax), are sometimes prescribed to treat anxiety, acute stress reactions, and panic attacks. The more sedating benzodiazepines such as triazolam (Halcion) and estazolam (ProSom) are prescribed for short-term treatment of sleep disorders. Usually, benzodiazepines are not prescribed for long-term use because of risk for developing tolerance, dependence, or addiction.

Non-benzodiazepine sleep medications

  • Zolpidem (Ambien)
  • Eszopiclone (Lunesta)
  • Zaleplon (Sonata)

Zolpidem (Ambien), eszopiclone (Lunesta), and zalepon (Sonata), have a different chemical structure, but act on some of the same brain receptors as benzodiazepines.

Barbiturates

  • Mephobarbital (Mebaral)
  • Phenobarbital (Luminal Sodium)
  • Pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal)

Mephobarbital (Mebaral), phenobarbital (Luminal Sodium), and pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal), are used less frequently to reduce anxiety or to help with sleep problems because their higher risk of overdose compared to benzodiazepines. However they are still used in surgical procedures and for seizure disorders.